DIY: How To Make Your Own Clothing Tags
This tutorial was created by Kelley, who is Chrisnkelley in the Sewing Mamas forums. Thanks, Kelley!
Making your own clothing tags is a lot of fun. The kids also love it. There are so many options and possibilities to try, too. I put custom tags in each piece of clothing I sew, and sometimes more than one tag! The technique is really pretty simple, but I have a lot of people ask me how I make my tags, so this tutorial should give you some ideas.
- Fabric ink such as Versacraft (ink that will become permanent when heat set) I purchased my ink on etsy. There are other brands, but this is the only brand I have experience with. The important thing is that it says it is for use on fabric, otherwise it will wash out when you do laundry.
There are larger pads available if you desire, but I find the small ones are all I need for tiny stamping.
- Material to make your tag out of – I prefer twill tape/twill ribbon.
Again, I purchased mine on etsy. I just got a big roll of white twill tape, and it has lasted me forever. Buying in a big roll is extra economical, but I also wish I had other colors and sizes.
You don’t have to stick with twill tape though. You can use grosgrain, woven fabric, or ruffle ribbon. Just use your imagination.
- Rubber stamps – This is where the creativity begins! You can pick up a pack of rubber number stamps at Hobby Lobby and just do sizes, or you can get all kinds of really tiny designs to stamp on, or you can also get a custom stamp made at many places including on Esty. I got a custom stamp made for myself, but I really love just using the numbers and cute stampers to make cute designs. If you have a bit wider twill tape, it is easier to put a Euro size on and you’ll have more choices for stamps, but even on my ¾ inch twill, I can tightly fit a Euro size on them, so they work well. Recently I bought a Prima Press at Hobby Lobby and love it. Though I can’t use the actual press part for my tags, I love the design of the numbers and cute symbols it has. I also have one of these that I use sometimes to stamp things like “mama made” though it doesn’t come out as clear. This is one reason I would like to get some wide twill tape too, so I can get more creative with my words on them.
- Iron – For heat setting.
The technique is pretty simple.
Cut the twill tape into tag length pieces. This varies based on how big of a tag you want, but my basic size I cut when I make labels is 4 inches. I then fold each piece in half and press quickly. You don’t *have* to press at this point, but I find it helps get a cleaner print on your tag when the twill lays more flat. Oh, and if you want to make the cute little seam tags, you know, the ones you put in a side seam of a shirt, I cut those 2 inches.
Decide what stamps you are using, ink them up, and carefully line up. I have found that it is hard to get a perfect print every time, or to line it up perfectly, but I kind of like the rustic look, and I go with it. If I really mess one up, then it becomes my new stamp cleaning fabric (I stamp repeatedly on that to get rid of extra ink on my stamp after I’m done.)
Heat set. I just set up several tags on my ironing board and press for about 30 seconds. Pretty easy. :)
When I insert these on tee shirts, I just serge in right when I’m attaching the neckline. When I do pants, I attach it when I fold down my waistband so I catch it in the seam. If you want to do the cute tiny seam tags, just pop the tag in between your fabrics when you are sewing up the side seam. Last, I thought I would show you my tackle box that I use for holding my stampers and tags (as well as some other notions).
I hope this little tutorial has given you a few ideas for making some tags of your own!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Kelley for taking the time to create this tutorial! Hope you have fun making lots of tags! Also, I love the tackle box for storage!